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Talent measures who is working today, and how well the region’s talent pipeline is being prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

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Participation in Labor Force

This indicator provides a broad-based view of the availability of labor (ages 25-64) in a market. With workforce identified by industry as a key component of growth, availability of a pipeline of prospective talent is imperative. It is important to look deeper into the labor market, identifying more clearly levels of educational attainment and the percentage of the labor force that is currently unemployed.

Disconnected Youth of America
Labor Force Participation Rate

2024 Takeaways

The Tampa Bay region saw annual improvements in disconnected youth (represented by the Share of Population Ages 16-24 Neither Employed nor Enrolled in School), decreasing in rate from 12.19% in 2023 to 11.29% in 2024 (57,595 youth). Tampa Bay fell in ranking to 16th place, meaning other communities are improving their rates more quickly. The top performer in this indicator is Minneapolis-St. Paul who improved from 8.63% to 6.93%.

Tampa Bay also improved in Labor Force Participation Rate from 76.74% to 77.44%, which is aligned with increases to the U.S. average.



  • Increased participation it the workforce is a sign of a healthy economic environment and linked to civic quality.
  • The greater the number of “disconnected youth” the more individuals that are missing key educational, vocational, and employment experiences. This increases the risk for many negative outcomes, each with significant costs to society: long spells of unemployment, poverty, criminal behavior, substance abuse, and incarceration.


  • Decreased values for Labor Force Participation for Tampa Bay should always be further analyzed by age group as Tampa Bay is an attractive region for early retirees.
  • A lower rate of “disconnected youth” is a positive sign that indicates an engaged and productive age-group that will be active in the workforce. This increases the likelihood of finding meaningful, well-paid work, which can support a number of related civic quality and health outcomes.


Labor Force Participation Rates

  • Number of individuals who are employed or actively looking for work
  • Educational Attainment
  • Trade and Apprenticeship Participation
  • High School Graduation Rates
  • Age

Disconnected Youth Rates:

  • Household Income
  • Economic Strain
  • Parental Educational Attainment Levels
  • Foster Care
  • Proximity to Crime, or Participation in Crime
  • Poor Educational Performance Without Adequate Support